The retirement age is slowly, but steadily increasing as the decades go by. Naturally, this increase comes with it a naturally expanding lifespan. Since the 1980s, for example, the average lifespan of both males and females has increased by 7 years. Compared to the retirement age, which has only increased by 2 years from 65 to 67, this more or less indicates that we will have more time to enjoy our golden years.The quality of these golden years, however, depends entirely on how well you can maintain your health and happiness. Don’t let old age get you down, and instead follow these steps to make the most out of your retirement years:
Don’t Deny Your Body What You Need
Having your body fail on you is frustrating, but it is going to happen. Instead of rejecting and denying these changes, we all need to learn to accept them as they come. Yes, your bladder is going to become weaker as the years go by, and if you have a problem with incontinence now the issue will only worsen. Just because this happens, however, does not mean it is your fault or you should be ashamed. Simply listen to what your body needs and provide for it. In this case, it will mean buying diapers for adults. Or perhaps you need a mobility assistant – all of these are fine to use so long as they help you live as you want to.
Improve Your Diet Immediately
The earlier you start eating healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet, the better. If you haven’t up until this point, then you have to commit now. You have more time to cook healthy meals and to source or even grow fresh fruits and vegetables. If you don’t, your health could take a turn for the worse faster than you expect. You don’t need unhealthy additives like salt to eat well, you only need a bit of effort and creativity or, more likely, the internet and its wealth of healthy recipes.
Find Fun, Social Ways to Get Your Exercise
Exercise is important and critical to your health no matter what age you are, and after you retire, you have a lot more time to commit to it. Rather than try to get your exercise in alone, find fun ways to do it. Join senior exercise classes so that you can not only get exercise in that is safe for you to do, you can also make friends and grow your social circles.
Go to the Doctor Regularly for Checkups
Go to the doctor as often as they recommend you to and go through all the necessary checks. Yes, it is uncomfortable, and in some cases it can even be painful, but early detection will be key to manage your health moving forward.
Get Out there and Learn New Things
Just as you should get out and join an exercise group, so too should you take classes and otherwise try to get out there as much as possible. Go to gallery events or learn a new skill. Go on a trip – there are so many ways you can get out there and discover the world and all that it holds. The only thing you should not do is cut yourself off socially. Your retirement is the time you have to finally live life to its fullest, and the time to start is now.